Programme Leader For NCS

SLVeteran Amy

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Education: BSc Psychology - University of Sheffield, UK. MSc Forensic Psychology - Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

SLV.Global Placement: Mental Health Placement, January 2015

Current Roles: ‘Programme Leader for NCS powered by The Challenge; a developmental programme for young people across the UK. My job was to deliver the programme to the young people using my planning and organisation skills to lead the staff team. I was also required to enforce the rules of the programme, including delivering penalties to young people who broke the rules. A role that I absolutely loved and can’t wait to go back to do again this summer. ‘

‘Special Education Needs Teaching Assistant – I do this as a supply and offer cover to secondary schools across’

‘Special Constable – voluntary police officer ‘

‘Course Representative whilst studying for my master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University’

‘Bank support worker for Together Trust;  a charity that works with young people with special education needs, behavioural problems or learning/physical disability.’

Tell us about your SLV.Global experience: ‘I arrived in Sri Lanka having slept for the entire flight and barely eaten a thing, I’d just finished a job working in a busy hotel and Christmas was incredibly hard for us. Exhausted and hungry, I was greeted by smiling, welcoming faces. There were no glitches, which is exactly what you need after a 17 hour journey. Over 12 weeks, I met and got to know my fellow volunteers. There’s something about getting caught in hot, heavy Sri Lankan rain, being caught in traffic in 36 degree heat or legging it for the air-conditioned coach to the beaches together that made our experience together form friendships that I won’t forget in a hurry.  Our family were fantastic and really looked after us. After 10 weeks of hard work in the Sri Lankan sun, I fell ill and our Ama (mother) was hot on the case feeling my forehead and sending me straight to bed to sleep, but still made sure I ate a monster portion of her delicious cooking to keep my strength up. They truly cared about us and I had to stop myself from crying when I left. Most importantly, the food was outstanding. I regularly Google search Sri Lankan restaurants for nostalgia. Sri Lanka is a diverse place with plenty to do regardless of what your interests may be. Beaches, nature, mountain climbing, history and surfing, to name a few. I had visited previously but was so glad I came back to explore more. It is still a vastly developing country and is well worth the weekends we spent travelling around to see what it had to offer. The work was hard, but very rewarding. Even on a day where a lesson/session hadn’t gone exactly to plan, you were still able to reflect on it and be reminded that you probably made someone’s day just by being wherever you were. You have to adapt to different work settings quickly, whether that’s a class room, a hospital ward, detention centre or a special needs school. You’ll soon learn the best methods for a placement and be able to plan a session that’ll meet the specific needs of the service user.’

Tell us what you gained from the placement:  ‘I went to an interview recently for a job and the interviewer began by saying: “Well, I’ve never read such an interesting CV!” I bragged about that for several weeks.’

‘Adapting to working in difficult or diverse situations or with people who don’t speak the same language as me or who have different views or opportunities than me. Confidence. Friends. Organisation/administration skills. Lesson planning.’